Sep 21, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) carries the ball in front of Auburn Tigers defensive back Robenson Therezie (27) in the second half at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Auburn 35-21. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions 2014 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Jarvis Landry


The SideLion Report Detroit Lions NFL Draft Prospect Profile series gives an in-depth scouting analysis of college football players who could be on the Detroit Lions’ radar this spring.

Over the last several weeks, we’ve examined numerous first round candidates for the Lions.  As the draft inches closer, SideLion Report will highlight prospects the franchise may be considering in the second round.

If the Lions don’t opt for a receiver in the first round, there will be numerous quality prospects to choose from on day two.  One such candidate is Jarvis Landry from LSU.

After viewing three games (TCU, Alabama, Florida), I gave Landry a 6.7 grade (late second, early third).

Here’s an excerpt from his scouting report:

Jarvis Landry – Wide Receiver – LSU

Height: 5114  Weight: 205   40 Time: 4.77

NFL Comparison: Hines Ward

Strong Points:

Solid frame.  Smooth athlete with fluid change of direction and good short area quickness.  Strong hands to pluck and run in stride.  Refined, savvy route runner.  Outstanding body control to adjust and catch off-target throws.  Exceptional blocker.  Tough and willing to work in traffic.  Fights hard for tough YAC.  Highly competitive.         

Weak Points:

Shorter than ideal and does not have the vertical to compensate.  Lacks elite speed, which limits him schematically.  Doesn’t have the speed to stretch the field vertically or be a big play threat after catch.  Lacks explosiveness in and out of breaks and will struggle separating vs. quick-twitch defenders. 

Summary:

Landry, a former five star recruit, played in 40 games with 12 starts during three years at LSU.  He finished his career with 137 catches for 1,809 yards and 15 touchdowns, the bulk of which came during his junior season.  Landry has experience lining up both inside and out, but his lack of elite athletic traits probably limits him to slot (“Y”) responsibilities at the next level, as he simply does not have the speed to stretch the field vertically.  A refined route runner, Landry has a natural feel for knowing how to set up defenders and stem routes to beat zone coverage on short/intermediate routes.  He has quick, strong hands and is adept at reaching out and plucking the ball away from his frame on the run, also exhibiting outstanding body control to adjust to off-target passes.  Not a big play threat with the ball in his hands, Landry is at his best working underneath drags and crossers, as he is willing to take the big hit and hold on to the ball.  His exceptional blocking skills allow him to extend plays downfield.  Overall, Landry’s athletic limitations will cause him to get pushed down draft boards, but his sure hands, competitiveness and smarts will make him a reliable ‘move the chains’ option at the next level.  Late second/early third round, number three possession/slot receiver who has the potential to outplay his draft status.  

He didn’t test well at the combine and his pro day wasn’t much better, but I would turn in the card for Landry without hesitation in the second round.  Plain and simple – the kid is a football player and the Lions could use more players with his moxie.

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  • JMalkovich1

    Jarvis in the second might be a titch high. With a 4.77 40 time, he’ll probably be more of a 3rd-4th round guy. Solid player nonetheless.

  • Thomas C. Riddell

    Sorry I’d Rather trade back up into late 1st round maybe to Denver Giving up 2nd 4th and 3rd next year for donte Moncrief

    • Dewight Marice Mitchell

      pass

  • cbdbhd89

    Screw the combine. Landry can straight up ball. Would love to get this kid on day two.

  • Bob

    From an LSU fan: Who do I take Odell Beckham or Jarvis Landry? Landry, and I don’t flinch. This guy is projected to go in the second round and he will be the biggest steal in the draft. He is scrappy as they come and could be a team’s elite move the chains receiver in the NFL. He also has elite hands, elite route running ability, football iq, football pedigree (cousin of former first round Glenn Dorsey), and great work ethic. NFL teams would rather risk a first round draft pick trying to find the next Megatron with flash and are missing the sure thing in Jarvis Landry. A lot of people compare him to Anquin Boldin but he reminds me most of a young Jerry Rice. At run-first LSU, he wasn’t able to showcase his talents and put up video game numbers. If he ends up on the Patriots, it’s going to be scary how many balls he can get. I just hope the Saints can look past the 4.77 and do whatever’s necessary to get this guy. I’m not optimistic.  If you have any doubts, watch the YouTube highlights of some of his catches. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pngcPrpFZxE or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAsKYZDEd-E#juice